1. Avoid direct sunlight
Overcast days are your friend. Bright sunny days create “hot spots” in the photograph along with creating too much contract among the colors.
2. Get in close
Yes, while driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains is picturesque, often times the lens doesn’t capture the full depth that mother nature has to offer. Instead, get in close to capture the detail. Think color, think texture, and think shape.
3. Focus your attention
Controlling your f-stop will put enface where you want it. The lower the number the shallower the depth of field (less will be in focus). The higher the number the more depth of field (more will be in focus). My general guidelines is….. set the f-stop number to the number of objects in the photograph.
Example: If I’m photographing a fall scene with my three children, I’ll start at F-3.5-f-4. *this is just a starting off point and I can adjust to my liking. Even point-and-shoot cameras allow you to control your depth. The “portrait” setting will have a shorter depth of field where as the “landscape” setting will give you a larger depth of field.